For the fifth time in seven years, Lincoln is a National Bike Challenge champion. Sponsored by The League of American Bicyclists, the Challenge is a nationwide event in which tens of thousands of cyclists compete to ride the most miles from May 1 through September 30 every year. Challenge riders are invited to a victory celebration from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, October 4 at Zipline Brewery, 2100 Magnum Circle, #1. Festivities include food trucks, raffle prizes, awards and sale of the commemorative t-shirt.
Lincoln was the overall national champion in 2013, 2016, and 2017. Lincoln's victories this year and in 2018 are in the 150,000 to 400,000 population bracket. This year, 809 Lincoln riders logged nearly 580,000 miles. Nationally, only the Bay Area and Atlanta communities (both in the 1 million or more residents category) pedaled more than Lincoln riders.
"Congratulations to every Lincoln cyclist who helped achieve another National Bike Challenge victory," said Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird. "Rain or shine, over the past five months our riders averaged more than 700 miles each. We can all be proud of their efforts to continue Lincoln's reputation as a great place to live and ride."
The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle friendly America. The League represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information, or to support the League, visit bikeleague.org.
For more information on cycling in Lincoln, visit bike.lincoln.ne.gov or contact Mike Heyl, Public Health Educator, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-441-3889.